I’m going to Texas! I love Texas. Everything is bigger in Texas (as you may have heard). I lived in Dallas for five years when I was growing up and part of me will always call Texas home (especially the part that enjoyed the backyard swimming pool). I have visited San Antonio before, so when I found out the CEC Convention and Expo was heading to San Antonio, I was ecstatic.
Combine the location with the fact that the timing of the Convention falls on my school’s spring break and things couldn’t have been more perfect. My wife and I are off to San Antonio for an action-packed week that promises to be an exciting time.
Here’s my preview of what I plan to do for the week:
Tuesday: Arrive in San Antonio.
Hopefully we can get some Pappasito’s in on Tuesday. Pappasito’s is the best Tex-Mex restaurant ever. I also plan to get an early start checking out the Riverwalk downtown. I highly recommend a riverboat ride to anyone going to the convention.
Wednesday: Wednesday is our main
We are deciding between going to the San Antonio Zoo or SeaWorld. Wednesday is also the kickoff for the convention with keynote speaker Amy Brenneman. Later that night we will be enjoying a San Antonio Spurs game with a former professor and fellow Bob Jones University alumni who have all gone on to successful careers in special education. I am excited about cheering on the Spurs, catching up with old friends and making new ones.
Thursday: Sessions, sessions,
and more sessions.
The session scheduler for the convention has been very helpful for planning out my week ahead of time. If you are going to the convention, check it out. I am especially excited about a session that focuses on curriculum-based measures for secondary Algebra students. I helped in the testing stage of these measures while in graduate school and I’m excited about seeing the finished product. Hopefully, it will be something I can use in my classroom to support my students struggling in their algebra class.
Friday: Friday is a big day for
the Yes, I Can! Subcommittee.
I have a committee meeting, dress rehearsal and awards ceremony with more sessions splattered in between.
Saturday: Saturday I will be attending an extensive
session on teacher evaluations.
You may know I feel strongly about these evaluations. I’m excited about this in-depth session that I have heard will explain how teachers can use CEC’s position paper on teacher evaluations when talking to decision makers in our state. If you haven’t already, be sure to join the conversation on teacher evaluation in the CECommunity.
For more information about the convention you can check out CEC’s convention blog. You can also follow the CEC convention Twitter account: @CECconvention. For all things happening in San Antonio inside and outside of the convention hall, you can follow me (@JohnRomig). I’ll keep you updated on the restaurants (I’ve heard there is a 3.5 pound cinnamon roll!!), activities, site seeing and of course the sessions. Also, check back next Monday for my recap of the week and highlights of the convention.
For me the convention is a great chance to rest, relax and rejuvenate through the professional development opportunities offered. This will be my first national convention, and I’m very excited about it.
If you are going to this year’s convention, what are you most excited about? If you have been in the past, what tips do you have for us rookies? If you happen to recognize me from the picture on my blogs, stop me and say “hi!” I would love to meet some of the Reality 101 readers.